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Dorothy Rhodes

May 2, 1917 — July 17, 2020

Dorothy M. Rhodes, 103, of Kalona died Friday, July 17, 2020, at Pleasantview Home in Kalona. A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the East Union Cemetery with Pastor Joel Beachy officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 21, from 4 – 7 PM at East Union Mennonite Church car port. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be in place. In lieu of flowers memorial funds have been established for East Union Mennonite Church, Pleasantview Home Building Fund and Iowa City Hospice.

Dorothy Marie (Miller) Rhodes was born May 2, 1917, in rural Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Abner M. and Eliza (Yoder) Miller. She attended rural schools and graduated from Kalona High School in 1934. On December 24, 1939, she was united in marriage to Eldon Rhodes at her parent's home in rural Kalona. Dorothy was baptized at East Union in 1930. She was a lifelong member of the church and she served in many ways including teaching Sunday school and Bible School, singing and arranging music for many memorial services and as a member of WMSC. Dorothy volunteered at the Crowded Closet and enjoyed quilting, making many quilts for family and Pleasantview and MCC sales. Into their 90’s, she and Eldon pieced and quilted 27 quilts for the MCC sale. Family was very important to Dorothy and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include four children: Colleen Stoltzfus of Goshen, Indiana, Dale (Charlene) Rhodes of Riverside, Iowa, Dean (Becky) Rhodes of Iowa City, Iowa, Lana (John) Mills of Creede, Colorado, nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband Eldon in 2014, son-in-law John Stoltzfus, sister Velma Yoder, a stillborn brother, granddaughter-in-law Heidi Siemens-Rhodes, and great granddaughter Willa Siemens-Rhodes.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

East Union Mennonite Church

5615 Gable Ave SW, Kalona, IA 52247

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